Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Election Fraud in Iraq?


File under: "Buried in the News."

Baghdad, Iraq - Iraqi election officials said Monday that they were investigating "unusually high" vote totals in 12 Shiite and Kurdish provinces, (GOI: Iraq has a total of 18 provinces) where as many as 99 percent of the voters were reported to have cast ballots in favor of Iraq's new constitution, raising the possibility that the results of Saturday's referendum could be called into question.

None of the provinces cited for a closer look had Sunni majorities, the official said, although there were reports of similarly lopsided vote totals against the constitution in some Sunni areas.

GOI: So the Sunni fucked it up too. GREAT!!! Juuuuust GRRRREAT!!!!!!

"When you find consistently very, very high numbers, then that is cause for further checking," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "Anything over 90 percent either way usually leads to further investigation."

GOI: GODDAMN IT!!! I was hoping and the vote in Iraq was going to be a step forward and now we have some serious evidence of election fraud??? GOD, I am SO not surprised!! Nothing goes right over there!!!

Just to give you some perspective here, check this out. Almost to the day (October 16th), 3 years ago Saddam Hussein claimed to have received 100% of the vote!! And now, the only difference between this current vote on the Constitution and the Saddam vote is ONE PERCENT?!?!

Don't tell me that any of you believe that this was a fair and honest election?!! As if there are not a decent number of minority Sunni or other ethnic groups in these 12 provinces that did not vote for the Constitution!

99%?!!

That my friends is massive, defening voter FRAUD!!

Iraq is set back AGAIN.

(shakes head).

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10 comments:

dbackdad said...

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james said...

Lance:

Love your blog too man. A BIG welcome here. Thanks for the link as well.

crimnos said...

Ah, geez, you have to be kidding me. :(

Girl on the Blog said...

WHAT ELSE IS GOING TO HAPPEN????

Zen Unbound said...

It is a nation that only knows corruption [sort of like the Republican party].

Hopefully, with help from the UN or Carter Center, they will devise ways for a fair and monitored election for their Parliment in December.

Thankfully (hopefully) the result, that the constitution passed, is not in question.

Onward, Ho!

Jessica said...

wow...where Republicans are in control,...there is voter fraud, even in other countries.

I'm not surprised, the whole last election was a fraud too

james said...

Crimnos:

I wish I was kidding.

Girl:

One never knows. It's like a goddamn 3 ringer circus over there.

Tom:

Yeah, the U.N. needs to go in and figure out this election mess. They need a revote because this vote is not going to be seen my MANY inside Iraq and OUTSIDE Iraq as legitimate.

Jessica:

Yep, fraud is everywhere.

james said...

Also, (per usual) it is appauling to me that this story has been buried in the news but I'm not surprised. No one wants to hear/accept that the vote was probably a fraud.

Zen Unbound said...

James,

It was a primative election. No safeguards. No monitors.

In the US there are Republicans and Democrats and impartial witnesses at every polling station. And no one threatens to shoot you if you try to vote.

I am sure the Iraqis, themselves, are talking about and writing about the dubious vote tallying -- so in that sense, the most important one, the scandal here isn't hidden.

I have to admit that I think the thinking of the Kurds and Shiites is more important than the Sunnis. This is a political tug of war between Kurds&Shiites who were victimized for 70 years by Sunni overlords VS. Sunnis in the middle of the country concerned about having enough power and oil money.

The Kurds and Shiites' needs have to be foremost, for now, I think.

-- Tom

james said...

Tom:

Yeah, it was indeed a primative election and thank GOD the Iraqi's are talking about this. That is (as you say) what matters most. We are just observers at this point.

Well, whether or not focus SHOULD be on the Kurds and the Shia only right now, it is. I agree. I hope they can help bridge the divide with the Sunni SOON. I think that should be their first priority as the ruling coalition.

Iraq seems to be developing into an Islamic Republic with a side of Democracy. Which, is there right under a democratic vote. Just an interesting and ironic twist since we indirectly fought the Islamic Republic of Iran via Saddam Hussein.